Stewart Named CCAC Field Performer of the Week
The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced that Matt Stewart (Hobart, Ind.)
is the conference's Men's Field Top Performer of the Week after their efforts during the week of April 7-13.
Stewart, a freshman, placed second in the high jump among 11 competitors at the Chicagoland Championships with a jump of 6 feet, 6 inches.
“Matt has had a wonderful outdoor season and we are both really excited for this honor. Matt is one of the top freshman high jumpers in the NAIA and I am really excited about his future I have a feeling that this won’t be his last CCAC honor. ”Said Head Coach Kevin Paterson
Track Competes at Bellarmine
The men’s track team competed in the Bellarmine Invitational over the weekend. Finally, some good weather emerged as CCSJ competed in a great event with over twenty five colleges.
Hector Lopez ran well placing 4th overall in the 5000m run with a time of 16:01.82. Matt Stewart finished 3rd overall in the high jump at 2.00m and placed 11th in the long jump at 6.04m. Brendan Shanks placed 9th in the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.25. Joey Curtis finished in 24th during the 100m dash with a time of 11.37. Fernando Perez finished 26th in the 400m dash with a time of 54.91.
“The men had a great day highlighted by three school records and perfect weather. Hector Lopez set the tone of the meet breaking the school record in the 5K by 24 seconds and his personal best by 49 seconds. Right after the 5K, Matt Stewart broke his own record in the high jump just missing the national standard with a jump of 2.0 meters. Michael Pajdzik also had a fantastic day in the discus breaking the year old school record with a great toss. We finished the meet off strong when Brendon Shanks broke the school record in the 400 hurdles with a very impressive time. We had a great meet and everyone made big steps today I am really excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for our team,” said Coach Paterson.
The Crimson Wave will return to action on Friday April 11th and Saturday April 12th when they compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Championship in DuPage, Illinois.
Track Competes at IWU Midwest
The men’s track team competed in the IWU Midwest Indoor Classic in Marian, Indiana over the weekend. There were a lot of top ranked Midwest teams including Aquinas University (13th), Cornerstone University (19th), and Bethel College (24th). This was the second indoor meet of the season for the men’s side as they have been battling the elements the last couple of weeks.
Joseph Curtis finished well in the 60 meter placing 15th with a time of 7.28 seconds. Joseph also finished 16th in the 200 meter run with a time of 23.55. Matt Stewart finished 38th in the 200 meter run with a time of 25.31. Hector Lopez ran well in the 1 mile run going 4:41.80 which was good enough for 15th.
“We have had horrible luck with the weather these past couple of weeks which put us behind schedule. I was very pleased with the effort the men gave today. Joey Curtis, Matt Stewart, and Hector Lopez had very nice meets against some great competition. We have had some nice workouts and I’m excited to see how we translate that to the track. Over the next few weeks, we will get a few more athletes cleared and healthy which will really help us take the next step,” said Coach Paterson.
The men’s team will have this week to prepare as they are getting ready to compete in the GVSU Tune Up Open in Allendale, Michigan on Friday February 14th.